Florida elementary school principal seen hitting child with paddle while mother was in room

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in Florida, as a scandal concerning educator-executed corporal punishment and illegal immigration rocked a South Florida county.

The Clewiston Police Department is currently investigating a case of Central Elementary School Principal Melissa Carter, who paddled a student in front of their mother for damaging an electronic device.

The six-year-old student was in the office when the mother arrived, and Carter stated that the mother could pay $50 in damages or subject the daughter to a paddling with a deputy present.

When the punishment began,  there was no law enforcement present, and the county school district had a strict ban on corporal punishment.

The Daily Mail reported that the mother was worried that if she intervened in the punishment, she too would be in trouble over her immigration status.

The mother reported that she had never spanked her daughter at home, and that the entire incident was traumatic.

“The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her,” the mother told WINK News in Spanish. “I had never hit her.”

The incident was filmed by the mother, who wanted to raise awareness of the issue.

“Nobody would have believed me,” the mother said. “I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school.”

The matter has been escalated by way of an attorney.


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